Scorecard Snapshot – Storming Crankbaits

Photo Bassmaster Magazine Dec 1996.

OK, BFA fans, here’s another two-parter to test how well you know your professional fishing trivia. You must get both questions right in order to win. Have at it!

The 1996 Virginia Bassmaster Eastern Invitational at Lake Gaston marked the lone win for David Ashcraft in 45 B.A.S.S. events. In fact, he only finished in the top twenty four other times, and never again after his victory, before calling it quits in 1999.

The Gaston event was a tough one. While the lake is known to produce some big fish, it was stingy that week and keeper bass were tough to come by. Out of 322 pros, 37 blanked for all three days. Brent Chapman snagged the final check (55th place) with 15-14 and it took less than 9 pounds a day to make the top ten.

Ashcraft outlasted up-and-comer Gerald Swindle by 1-10 and local crankbait legend Gerald Beck by a little over three pounds to claim the victory. His tool of choice was a Storm Magnum Wiggle Wart, fished around muddy main lake structure.

Do you remember why the Virginia Invitational was fished in a lake that is mostly in North Carolina?

Furthermore, do you remember how Ashcraft altered his crankbait to make it more effective?

  • Lake Kerr, the original tournament site was flooded out so they switched sites to near by Gaston.

    He altered his Wiggle Wart by adding Suspend dots to make it dive deeper

  • Jerry Rapp

    Kerr(buggs island) was flooded so the event was moved to Gaston. Ashcraft used suspend strips on his wiggle wart to keep it suspended around stumps.

  • Jerry Rapp

    LOL! Bob. You beat me by 1 minute! Kudos!